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What makes it easy for Vera to fool Mr. Framton Nuttel in "The Open Window"?

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What makes it easy for Vera to fool Mr. Framton Nuttel in "The Open Window"?

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted July 28, 2013 at 9:02 AM (Answer #1)

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Saki's wit is at its best in "The Open Window" as Vera spontaneously launches her tall-tale after obtaining information from Mr. Nuttel that assures her he will not know that she is fabricating the tragedy she describes. 

  1. Vera sees that Framton Nuttel is nervous and uncomfortable
  2. He tries to "say something that should duly flatter the niece of the moment..." and, thus, reveals his vulnerability
  3. After she asks Framton if he knows "many of the people around here," he tells her "Hardly a soul"; so Vera realizes that she has no way of knowing Mr. Stappleton or anyone else. Therefore,  she can proceed with her tall-tale.

Clearly, Vera takes advantage of the naivete and nervousness and fears of Framton Nuttel, and she does it with no remorse whatsoever as she blurs the lines between imagination and reality.

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